Youthstream Replies to False Allegations

FUNCHAL, 23 February 2008 – Following allegations against Youthstream appearing on a few web-sites where the clarity, honesty and behaviour of Youthstream concerning the ‘Bill Amick Case’ is questioned, Youthstream feels it necessary to take a clear position and respond immediately if those allegations are created by opposition in the bid for the AMA National Motocross Championship who attempt to destroy the clean image of Youthstream.  

 

The position between Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events LLC (the company owned and managed by Bill Amick) is so clear and transparent that Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events made a press release on the 28th May 2005 (below) announcing their partnership, and then again another press release on the 10th June 2006 (below) announcing the agreement with Budds Creek.  Youthstream had a contract with Heartland Media and Events in order to find a competent promoter for the organization of the FIM Motocross of Nations in USA and eventually for future FIM Grand Prix (Motocross and SuperMoto).  All relationships between Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events are legally made by contract.  Between 2005 and 2007 Bill Amick had several meetings with AMA, US promoters and media concerning the 2007 FIM Motocross of Nations.  Everybody clearly knew the role of Bill Amick regarding this issue.

 

Youthstream reserves itself to take legal action against anyone, who with their allegations damage Youthstream’s image.  

 

Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream commented, “We are offended by these allegations especially after long work and the professional relationship with FIM and many National Federations to develop and defend the value of the sport and to promote Motocross worldwide.  Youthstream is recognized by many governments for its high quality of work and by partners for its fairness in business relationships.” 

 

“I understand that in this moment there are some people who are very interested to try to discriminate our image, but using the resignation of Bill Amick to question our integrity is really not acceptable.” Mr. Luongo continued to say, “The work made by Youthstream is always in full respect of the International law and of the law in the country where it operates.” 

 

“We do not want to comment on Mr. Amick’s choice to release publicly his letter of resignation but this is an internal problem between AMA and Bill Amick and we are not involved and we do not intend to be involved.” 

 

“We have success in our work because we believe in true competition and in equal chance for everyone, which is why we never favour one rider / team / organizer or another because we believe when the starting gate drops until the chequered flag the strongest will win and this is our philosophy for business and for life.”

 

Mr. Luongo ended by saying, “Time is a gentleman, it will always give reason to the fact”.

 

 

Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing and promotional world wide rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross of Nations, the FIM SuperMoto World Championship, the FIM SuperMoto of Nations, the FIM Snowcross World Championship, the UEM Motocross European Championship and the UEM SuperMoto European Championship.

 

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GENEVA, Switzerland, 28 May 2005 — Heartland Media & Events LLC has been retained by Youthstream, the promotions company that holds global marketing and broadcast rights to several motorcycling world championships, to consult on the development and future direction of those championships and provide media relations services in the United States.

 

Under a multi-year agreement with the Geneva-based Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) – the world governing body for motorcycle sport — Youthstream promotes global championships including the Motocross of Nations and the World Individual Motocross and Supermoto Championships.

 

Heartland Media and Events will help to build broader awareness of those FIM championships in the US market, which is the world’s largest in terms of motocross bike sales and rider participation.

 

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), FIM’s exclusive US affiliate, conducts the highly successful AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF and the THQ AMA Supercross Series through its AMA Pro Racing subsidiary; and more than 10,000 riders participate each year in AMA Sports’ Air Nautiques National Amateur Motocross Championship program.

 

“We hope that the agreement we have made with Heartland Media and Events will be an important step in the relationship between the FIM Championships and motocross in the United States,” said Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo. “Our goal is to work with the AMA and the US industry to build relationships and programs that will benefit all involved.”

 

Heartland Media and Events President Bill Amick was on staff at the AMA for 30 years before launching his company in 2004. He has been a member of the FIM Motocross Commission since 1986 and is the author of Motocross America, a book tracing the history of motocross in the United States which will be published this summer.

 

“I’m extremely happy to work together with Bill Amick in this effort,” Luongo added. “He has enormous experience and will surely be the right person to better link the FIM World Motocross Championships with motocross in the United States.”

 

FIM Motocross Commission President Wolfgang Srb endorsed the initiative to raise the profile of the FIM’s championships in the United States and establish closer relations with the AMA racing community.

 

“I’m excited about this cooperative effort of Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events to bring FIM Motocross and Supermoto closer to the United States,” Srb commented. “Giuseppe Luongo and Bill Amick know the sport very well and will use their experience and assets for programs that I think fans in America and throughout the world will enjoy.”

 

Since the first-ever US Grand Prix of Motocross in 1973, the FIM and AMA have cooperatively presented 45 grand prix motocross events and the 1987 Motocross of Nations in the United States, but for a variety of reasons there have been no FIM World Championship events in the US since 1999.

 

“There’s a long and rich tradition of international motocross racing in America, but FIM and AMA motocross programs have grown apart in recent years,” Heartland President Bill Amick commented. “I’ll seek to work with Youthstream, the FIM Motocross Commission and the AMA in an effort to identify ways that the FIM’s prestigious world championships and America’s strong domestic program can better complement each other.”

 

One of the top priorities of Youthstream and the FIM Motocross Commission is to expand the global reach of the FIM’s championships, which historically have a heavy European focus. In the past two seasons Youthstream has successfully expanded the World Motocross Championships to the Japanese and South African markets, and further expansion is anticipated over the next several years.

 

Under the agreement between Youthstream Action Events and Heartland Media & Events, Heartland will represent the FIM championships in the US market through the 2007 competition season.

       

Youthstream is located at Rua Dr. Brito Camara 20-1, P-2000-039 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal. Youthstream manages the marketing, promotions and broadcast rights to the FIM Motocross of Nations, FIM Individual Motocross World Championships, FIM Individual Supermoto World Championships and FIM Snowcross World Championships .More information is available on the Intenetwww.MotocrossMX1.com andships and programs that will benefit all involved.”

 

Heartland Media and Events President Bill Amick was on staff at the AMA for 30 years before launching his company in 2004. He has been a member of the FIM Motocross Commission since 1986 and is the author of Motocross America, a book tracing the history of motocross in the United States which will be published this summer.

 

“I’m extremely happy to work together with Bill Amick in this effort,” Luongo added. “He has enormous experience and will surely be the right person to better link the FIM World Motocross Championships with motocross in the United States.”

 

FIM Motocross Commission President Wolfgang Srb endorsed the initiative to raise the profile of the FIM’s championships in the United States and establish closer relations with the AMA racing community.

 

“I’m excited about this cooperative effort of Youthstream and Heartland Media and Events to bring FIM Motocross and Supermoto closer to the United States,” Srb commented. “Giuseppe Luongo and Bill Amick know the sport very well and will use their experience and assets for programs that I think fans in America and throughout the world will enjoy.”

 

Since the first-ever US Grand Prix of Motocross in 1973, the FIM and AMA have cooperatively presented 45 grand prix motocross events and the 1987 Motocross of Nations in the United States, but for a variety of reasons there have been no FIM World Championship events in the US since 1999.

 

“There’s a long and rich tradition of international motocross racing in America, but FIM and AMA motocross programs have grown apart in recent years,” Heartland President Bill Amick commented. “I’ll seek to work with Youthstream, the FIM Motocross Commission and the AMA in an effort to identify ways that the FIM’s prestigious world championships and America’s strong domestic program can better complement each other.”

 

One of the top priorities of Youthstream and the FIM Motocross Commission is to expand the global reach of the FIM’s championships, which historically have a heavy European focus. In the past two seasons Youthstream has successfully expanded the World Motocross Championships to the Japanese and South African markets, and further expansion is anticipated over the next several years.

 

Under the agreement between Youthstream Action Events and Heartland Media & Events, Heartland will represent the FIM championships in the US market through the 2007 competition season.

       

Youthstream is located at Rua Dr. Brito Camara 20-1, P-2000-039 Funchal-Madeira, Portugal. Youthstream manages the marketing, promotions and broadcast rights to the FIM Motocross of Nations, FIM Individual Motocross World Championships, FIM Individual Supermoto World Championships and FIM Snowcross World Championships .More information is available on the Intenetwww.MotocrossMX1.com and www.SuperMotoS1.com.

 

Heartland Media & Events LLC is located at 118 East High Street, Suite A, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 43050. The company specializes in development of international motorsports properties and event promotion, and offers a wide variety of media-related and editorial services. More information is available frombillamick@earthlink.net.

 and www.SuperMotoS1.com.

 

Heartland Media & Events LLC is located at 118 East High Street, Suite A, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 43050. The company specializes in development of international motorsports properties and event promotion, and offers a wide variety of media-related and editorial services. More information is available frombillamick@earthlink.net.